Thousands of children across the county had the day off school today as teachers walked out over pay disputes.

Union members formed picket lines outside many of the schools as the EIS (Educational Institute of Scotland) rejected the latest pay offer from the Scottish Government.

Cosla had presented teachers across Scotland with an improved offer of up to 6.85 per cent, but this was described by unions as "insulting".

Teaching unions had been asking for a 10 per cent rise in wages but the Scottish Government called this "simply unaffordable".

Children across East Lothian will return to school as normal tomorrow but further strike action from The Scottish Secondary Teachers Association (SSTA) and a third union (NASUWT) is planned on December 7 and 8.

It is unknown if these strikes will also force schools to be closed.